Make an effort to know what you're attacking
Some overly emotional discussions on water wasting, mandatory cutbacks, $500 fines, etc., are popping up more and more, all the time missing a not-so-moot point -- many of us in older homes (mine's 1948) have water wells.
Before burning lawns or calling the water police on someone who's already, or could be, your friend, make an effort to know what you're attacking. In San Leandro, this isn't all that hard to do.
Homes with wells (if registered with the city) have green water inlet boxes near the sidewalk, right in line with the cement boxes supplied by EBMUD. The green ones are anti-siphoning valves, checked once a year, to make sure well and city water don't mix. Often you'll see two exterior faucets pretty much side by side, a convenience for the homeowner.
Lastly, and this is a really difficult step for lots of people, knock on the door and ask.
Keep in mind that registering a well has two major functions: EBMUD checks them to keep city water clean; and the fire department has a list showing the well's location. Although a long shot, if your neighborhood has a fire, it's probably likely electrical service will go. A pumper truck can yank a well, drop in a hose, and go about its business.
Rec district should remember drought
The Hayward Area Recreation District apparently does not understand that we are in the middle of a drought. Every night they water the grass at East Avenue Park. The sprinklers that they use are the type that spray water like a fire hose. As every homeowner knows, it is not necessary to water every day; let alone every night. The water runs off the grass and heads toward the canyon below the park.
My household is conserving water and trying to do our part during this crisis. I think HARD should do the same.
The U.S. government must say no to Israel
Why can't the U.S. government say no to Israel?
Israel is killing and maiming innocent children and civilians in Gaza. The excuse that they are being used as human shields has been shown to be false.
The children playing on the beach, the hospital with disabled patients and the local media office in Gaza that were recently bombed by Israeli missiles and drones were not shields or hiding places.
Israel is responsible for whom it bombs, period. In addition to hundreds dead and wounded, thousands have been displaced as the Israeli bombardment forces people to flee from their homes into the center of Gaza. Many homes and businesses have been destroyed, reducing areas to rubble.
And with no shelters or warning sirens, the population of civilians are sitting ducks for further shelling.
Some commentators have compared Gaza to a concentration camp. The U.S. gives billions in military aid to Israel. U.S. bombs are being used to kill, maim and destroy in Gaza.
We need to say to no to Israel and hold the Israeli government accountable for its brutal deeds.
Letter about Israel is more propaganda
The July 18 letter, "Shame on Israel and its supporters," exemplifies Joseph Goebbels's first rule of propaganda, paraphrasing: If you tell a big lie and repeat it enough, people will tend to believe it.
There is no sense in rebutting such a ludicrous letter, it is beyond logic. None of the author's assertions have any basis in the region's reality, or the history of the Israeli-Arab conflict.
This letter is on par with the infamous "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion," which blamed the Jews for all the world's troubles.
I would like to remind readers of one historical fact: The 1922 League of Nations accord reached at San Remo. This binding resolution accorded a homeland to the Jewish people in the British mandate area of Palestine; the rest is history, which obviously escaped the letter writer's mind.